No one is feeling sorry for me out there in cyberland, but I still feel like doggie doo doo. Double doggie doo doo. I have also (obviously) lost my ability to use similes and adjectives. It's pathetic. DT - Mr. Patience - is losing patience with me. He spent all weekend outside tidying our property. As soon as the grey soggy mist leaves the forest, maybe I will show you what it looks like out there.

For now, I offer this:

in the spring!

To keep myself from totally losing my mind to (non-contagious!) Cabin Fever, I have been poring over a fat stack of newly-released cookbooks that have somehow gathered because I ordered them from amazon.com while we have been away.

Mother's Best: Comfort Food That Takes You Home Again as a gift Friday night. It was written by local-girl-does-good Lisa Schroeder. Ms. Schroeder runs two very popular restaurants downtown Portland, Mother's Bistro & Bar and Mama Mia Trattoria.

Pan-Seared Cod Puttanesca from Mother's Best: Comfort Food That Takes You Home Again. 2. Spaghetti Limone Parmeggiano from Gwyneth Paltrow's My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness. 3. Steakhouse Steaks from Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa - How Easy Is That?: Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips. I'm also whipping-up a few gnocchi in my spare time, just because I have been craving gnocchi. This ambitious project should keep me out of trouble. Tonight's dinner?Leeks Vinaigrette. Very nice. I feel better already.

Until my next update, I remain, your recovering correspondent.